Thursday, 26 July 2012

Who'd have guessed it...

Daejeon Citizen 0 - 2 FC Seoul
Wednesday 25th July

Wednesday night was Daejeons fourth defeat in the last five games, the other game being the disappointing home draw with struggling Sangju. There was a lack of confidence going into this match, particularly as Seoul had smashed Busan 6-0 at the weekend. At the final whistle there was little in the way of surprise as defeat had been sadly predictable. Even the goalscorers for FC Seoul were the usual names , in a game that many could have called before kick off.

Maybe it's time to try this pair at the back?
Despite the difference in league standing, the first half was an equal and scrappy affair, with a few half chances falling to Kevin, who couldn't convert. They were by no means clear cut and were usually from long balls or crosses from deep, meaning Kevin was competing with two centre halves to try and turn the ball goalwards.

Seoul broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute in controversial style. Seoul won the ball back on their right hand side and crossed to the far post, the ball was then rolled across the box for the advancing Molina to easily slot home. Daejeon were aggrieved at the manner in which Seoul regained possession, claiming Kim Hyung-Bum was pulled from behind. There did seem to be a small amount of contact but Kim went down very dramatically. From there on in The Citizen had no one to blame but themselves. They failed to deal with the cross, then allowed the ball to be turned across the face of goal where they had completely fallen asleep, failing to track Molina's run leaving him with the simplest of finishes.

2 Central defenders fail to spot the danger

Early in the second half Kevin had what was one of his only real opportunities, heading wide from a right wing cross when he really should have hit the target.  A lot rides on Kevin's ability to convert the few good chances he gets, and once again he looked an isolated figure at times on Wednesday.

It was Seouls goal machine, Dejan, who finished off the tie in the 57th minute. Molina made a direct run towards goal, cutting in from the right hand side and firing a stinging shot at goal which Kim Sun Kyu could only parry. Dejan reacted faster than any of The Citizen defenders and put the rebound away. Again Daejeon must look at themselves, not only did they fail to react first to the lose ball, but Molina skipped past one of the softest most embarrassing tackles I have seen in a long time. K-league football can be quite soft at times but this attempt at a challenge was extremely poor.

There was a chance for Daejeon to pull a goal back when Kevin almost got his toe on the end of a low cross, reminiscent of Gascoigne at Euro 96. but it wasn't to be.

Daejeon fans may point to harsh refereeing decisions, but the fact is that the team failed to defend properly and were punished by a superior team. Seoul pushed men forward and were able to exploit the errors and lack of concentration in the Daejeon defence, whilst The Citizen repeatedly played long balls or crosses toward Kevin, with little or no support.

The up turn in results during May and June now feels a long way away, and the team seem to fallen back into the disatrous early season form. This weekend sees third place Ulsan come to town, and its difficult to see how Daejeon could claim three points against a  team who have only lost once in their last 8 games.

Tough reading for the Purple Army

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